My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I recently read John Milton’s tract “Of Education.” Very interesting, and he helps to clarify some things for me by showing a necessary order in the education process. Just as with plants, they must receive water and nutrients at certain times and a certain order, so too must our children receive education orderly for it to be most effectual.
I also greatly appreciated his emphasis on education for both the body and mind. If there was one thing lacking, at least for my own needs, it was that he didn’t always state clearly how to teach. For example, he mentions that a student can become fluent in Latin in one year’s time, but he doesn’t say how. For my sake, I wish I knew that. I must admit, however, that the tract is actually a letter on education to a friend who clearly knew what Milton meant by his statements. I just happen to not be in the know on that point. Sad for me.